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Arthur Grumiaux - Philips Recordings 1955-1978


Release Date: 01/09/2007 
Label:  Philips   Catalog #: 000798102   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  George Frideric HandelJohann Sebastian BachAntonio VivaldiMichael Haydn,   ... 
Performer:  Robert Veyron-LacroixArthur GrumiauxEgida Giordani SartoriPaul Crossley
Conductor:  Léon GullerEdo De WaartArpád GereczJan Krenz,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Guller Chamber OrchestraNew Philharmonia OrchestraLes Solistes Romands,   ... 
Number of Discs: 6 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Imported from : European Union   
CD not available: This title is currently only available as an MP3 download.  

Notes and Editorial Reviews

Arthur Grumiaux was Philips' "house violinist" for more than 30 years. Fortunately, he also was a great artist whose luminous tone, elegant style, and musical integrity made him revered among lovers of his instrument. So here's a hearty welcome to this 6-CD box of worthy recordings Grumiaux made between 1955 and 1978, most of which are getting their first international CD release.

The first two discs are devoted to the Handel and Bach violin sonatas. The Handel sonatas, enlivened by Grumiaux's long-lined phrasing and soulfully sweet slow movements, suffer from a recording balance that relegates Robert Veyron-Lacroix's harpsichord to a faint tinkling background presence. Balances are better in the Bach works, where
Read more Egida Sartori's harpsichord is a positive factor alongside Grumiaux's poised playing. Disc 3 has more Bach--the A minor and E major violin concertos recorded in 1955--which join Vivaldi's The Four Seasons from 1978.

Disc 4 alone is worth the modest price of the entire set--a lovely if generically "classical-era" Michael Haydn concerto along with Grumiaux's irresistibly radiant performances of Schubert's four melodically rich violin sonatas.

The final two discs plunge us into the Romanticism of Mendelssohn (both violin concertos), Bruch (his First violin concerto and the Scottish Fantasy), and Tchaikovsky (a delicious Sérenade Mélancolique and the ubiquitous concerto), along with shorter morsels from Wieniawski and Svendsen. The Mendelssohn works are apt examples of Grumiaux's refusal to over-emote while still capturing the essence of the style; his opening solo statement of the E minor concerto is generously phrased with a glowing tone, the slow movement flowing naturally while gently tugging at the heartstrings. Also exemplary is the classicism he brings to works like the Tchaikovsky concerto, here played with a tenderness often missing from more overtly virtuosic performances.

Grumiaux recorded multiple versions of many of these works over the years, and while some listeners may prefer one or more of those, everything in this box will bring listening satisfaction--and much, primarily including the Handel and Bach sonatas, the Schuberts, and the Scottish Fantasy, will threaten to take permanent residence in your CD player. It's also worth mentioning that all of these discs are well-filled, with timings ranging from 71 to an eye-popping 81 minutes!

--Dan Davis, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Violin and Basso Continuo in A major, HWV 361/Op. 1 no 3 by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Robert Veyron-Lacroix (Harpsichord), Arthur Grumiaux (Violin)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1726-1732; London, England 
2.
Sonata for Violin and Basso Continuo in F major, HWV 370/Op. 1 no 12 by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Robert Veyron-Lacroix (Harpsichord), Arthur Grumiaux (Violin)
Period: Baroque 
Written: London, England 
Notes: The attribution of this work to Handel is doubtful.
Composition written: London, England (Circa 1726 - Circa 1732). 
3.
Sonata for Violin and Basso Continuo in A major, HWV 372/Op. 1 no 14 by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Arthur Grumiaux (Violin), Robert Veyron-Lacroix (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: London, England 
4.
Sonata for Violin and Basso Continuo in D major, HWV 371/Op. 1 no 13 by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Arthur Grumiaux (Violin), Robert Veyron-Lacroix (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1750; London, England 
5.
Sonata for Violin and Basso Continuo in G minor, HWV 368/Op. 1 no 10 by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Arthur Grumiaux (Violin), Robert Veyron-Lacroix (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1726-1732; London, England 
6.
Sonata for Violin and Basso Continuo in E major, HWV 373/Op. 1 no 15 by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Arthur Grumiaux (Violin), Robert Veyron-Lacroix (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: London, England 
7.
Sonata for Violin and Harpsichord no 1 in B minor, BWV 1014 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Arthur Grumiaux (Violin), Robert Veyron-Lacroix (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1717-1723; Cöthen, Germany 
8.
Sonata for Violin and Harpsichord no 2 in A major, BWV 1015 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Arthur Grumiaux (Violin), Robert Veyron-Lacroix (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1717-1723; Cöthen, Germany 
Notes: 1955 - 1978 
9.
Sonata for Violin and Harpsichord no 3 in E major, BWV 1016 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Arthur Grumiaux (Violin), Egida Giordani Sartori (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1717-1723; Cöthen, Germany 
Notes: 1955 - 1978 
10.
Sonata for Violin and Harpsichord no 4 in C minor, BWV 1017 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Arthur Grumiaux (Violin), Egida Giordani Sartori (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1717-1723; Cöthen, Germany 
Notes: 1955 - 1978 
11.
Sonata for Violin and Harpsichord no 5 in F minor, BWV 1018 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Arthur Grumiaux (Violin), Egida Giordani Sartori (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1717-1723; Cöthen, Germany 
Notes: 1955 - 1978 
12.
Sonata for Violin and Harpsichord no 6 in G major, BWV 1019 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Arthur Grumiaux (Violin), Robert Veyron-Lacroix (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1717-1723; Cöthen, Germany 
Notes: 1955 - 1978 
13.
Concerto for Violin no 1 in A minor, BWV 1041 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Arthur Grumiaux (Violin)
Conductor:  Léon Guller
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Guller Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1717-1723; Cöthen, Germany 
Notes: 1955 - 1978 
14.
Concerto for Violin no 2 in E major, BWV 1042 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Arthur Grumiaux (Violin)
Conductor:  Léon Guller
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Guller Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1717-1723; Cöthen, Germany 
Notes: 1955 - 1978 
15.
Concerto for Violin in A minor, Op. 3 no 6/RV 356 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Arthur Grumiaux (Violin)
Conductor:  Edo De Waart
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1711; Venice, Italy 
Notes: 1955 - 1978 
16.
Concerto for Violin in E major, Op. 8 no 1/RV 269 "Primavera" by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Arthur Grumiaux (Violin)
Conductor:  Arpád Gerecz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Solistes Romands
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1725; Venice, Italy 
Notes: 1955 - 1978 
17.
Concerto for Violin in F major, Op. 8 no 3/RV 293 "L'autunno" by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Arthur Grumiaux (Violin)
Conductor:  Léon Guller
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Guller Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1725; Venice, Italy 
Notes: 1955 - 1978 
18.
Concerto for Violin in G minor, Op. 8 no 2/RV 315 "L'estate" by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Arthur Grumiaux (Violin)
Conductor:  Léon Guller
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Guller Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1725; Venice, Italy 
Notes: 1955 - 1978 
19.
Concerto for Violin in F minor, Op. 8 no 4/RV 297 "L'inverno" by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Arthur Grumiaux (Violin)
Conductor:  Léon Guller
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Guller Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1725; Venice, Italy 
Notes: 1955 - 1978 
20.
Concertos (4) for Violin, Op. 8 no 1-4 "Four seasons" by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Arthur Grumiaux (Violin)
Conductor:  Arpád Gerecz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Solistes Romands
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1725; Venice, Italy 
Notes: 1955 - 1978 
21.
Concerto for Violin in A major by Michael Haydn
Performer:  Arthur Grumiaux (Violin)
Conductor:  Edo De Waart
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: circa 1775-1776; Austria 
Notes: 1955 - 1978 
22.
Sonata for Violin and Piano in A major, D 574/Op. 162 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Arthur Grumiaux (Violin), Paul Crossley (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1817; Vienna, Austria 
Notes: 1955 - 1978 
23.
Sonatina for Violin and Piano in D major, D 384/Op. 137 no 1 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Arthur Grumiaux (Violin), Paul Crossley (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1816; Vienna, Austria 
Notes: 1955 - 1978 
24.
Sonatina for Violin and Piano in G minor, D 408/Op. 137 no 3 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Arthur Grumiaux (Violin), Paul Crossley (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1816; Vienna, Austria 
Notes: 1955 - 1978 
25.
Concerto for Violin in E minor, Op. 64 by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Arthur Grumiaux (Violin)
Conductor:  Jan Krenz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1844; Germany 
26.
Concerto for Violin in D minor by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Arthur Grumiaux (Violin)
Conductor:  Jan Krenz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1822; Germany 
27.
Scottish Fantasy for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 46 by Max Bruch
Performer:  Arthur Grumiaux (Violin)
Conductor:  Jan Krenz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Liverpool, England 
28.
Concerto for Violin no 1 in G minor, Op. 26 by Max Bruch
Performer:  Arthur Grumiaux (Violin)
Conductor:  Heinz Wallberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; Germany 
29.
Légende for Violin and Orchestra in G major, Op. 17 by Henri Wieniawski
Performer:  Arthur Grumiaux (Violin)
Conductor:  Edo De Waart
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1860; St. Petersburg, Russ 
30.
Romance for Violin and Orchestra in G major, Op. 26 by Johan Svendsen
Performer:  Arthur Grumiaux (Violin)
Conductor:  Edo De Waart
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1881; Norway 
31.
Sérénade mélancolique for Violin and Orchestra in B minor, Op. 26 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Arthur Grumiaux (Violin)
Conductor:  Edo De Waart
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1875; Russia 
32.
Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 35 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Arthur Grumiaux (Violin)
Conductor:  Edo De Waart
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878; Russia 
33.
Sonatina for Violin and Piano in A minor, D 385/Op. 137 no 2: 3rd movement, Minuetto by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Paul Crossley (Piano), Arthur Grumiaux (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1816; Vienna, Austria 
Notes: 1955 - 1978 

Sound Samples

Sonata in A major, Op.1, No.3: 1. Andante
Sonata in A major, Op.1, No.3: 2. Allegro
Sonata in A major, Op.1, No.3: 3. Adagio
Sonata in A major, Op.1, No.3: 4. Allegro
Sonata in F major for Violin & Continuo, Op.1, No.12: 1. Adagio
Sonata in F major for Violin & Continuo, Op.1, No.12: 2. Allegro
Sonata in F major for Violin & Continuo, Op.1, No.12: 3. Largo
Sonata in F major for Violin & Continuo, Op.1, No.12: 4. Allegro
Sonata No.5 in A major for Violin & Continuo, Op.1, No.14: 1. Adagio
Sonata No.5 in A major for Violin & Continuo, Op.1, No.14: 2. Allegro
Sonata No.5 in A major for Violin & Continuo, Op.1, No.14: 3. Largo
Sonata No.5 in A major for Violin & Continuo, Op.1, No.14: 4. Allegro
Sonata in D major, Op.1, No.13: 1. Affettuoso
Sonata in D major, Op.1, No.13: 2. Allegro
Sonata in D major, Op.1, No.13: 3. Larghetto
Sonata in D major, Op.1, No.13: 4. Allegro
Sonata No.2 in G minor for Violin & Continuo, Op.1, No.10: 1. Andante
Sonata No.2 in G minor for Violin & Continuo, Op.1, No.10: 2. Allegro
Sonata No.2 in G minor for Violin & Continuo, Op.1, No.10: 3. Adagio
Sonata No.2 in G minor for Violin & Continuo, Op.1, No.10: 4. Allegro
Sonata in E major, Op.1, No.15: 1. Adagio
Sonata in E major, Op.1, No.15: 2. Allegro
Sonata in E major, Op.1, No.15: 3. Largo
Sonata in E major, Op.1, No.15: 4. Allegro
Sonata for Violin and Harpsichord No.1 in B minor, BWV 1014: 1. Adagio
Sonata for Violin and Harpsichord No.1 in B minor, BWV 1014: 2. Allegro
Sonata for Violin and Harpsichord No.1 in B minor, BWV 1014: 3. Andante
Sonata for Violin and Harpsichord No.1 in B minor, BWV 1014: 4. Allegro
Sonata for Violin and Harpsichord No.2 in A, BWV 1015: 1. -
Sonata for Violin and Harpsichord No.2 in A, BWV 1015: 2. Allegro
Sonata for Violin and Harpsichord No.2 in A, BWV 1015: 3. Andante un poco
Sonata for Violin and Harpsichord No.2 in A, BWV 1015: 4. Presto
Sonata for Violin and Harpsichord No.3 in E, BWV 1016: 1. Adagio
Sonata for Violin and Harpsichord No.3 in E, BWV 1016: 2. Allegro
Sonata for Violin and Harpsichord No.3 in E, BWV 1016: 3. Adagio ma non tanto
Sonata for Violin and Harpsichord No.3 in E, BWV 1016: 4. Allegro
Sonata for Violin and Harpsichord No.4 in C minor, BWV 1017: 1. Largo
Sonata for Violin and Harpsichord No.4 in C minor, BWV 1017: 2. Allegro
Sonata for Violin and Harpsichord No.4 in C minor, BWV 1017: 3. Adagio
Sonata for Violin and Harpsichord No.4 in C minor, BWV 1017: 4. Allegro
Sonata for Violin and Harpsichord No.5 in F minor, BWV 1018: 1. -
Sonata for Violin and Harpsichord No.5 in F minor, BWV 1018: 2. Allegro
Sonata for Violin and Harpsichord No.5 in F minor, BWV 1018: 3. Adagio
Sonata for Violin and Harpsichord No.5 in F minor, BWV 1018: 4. Vivace
Sonata for Violin and Harpsichord No.6 in G, BWV 1019: 1. Allegro
Sonata for Violin and Harpsichord No.6 in G, BWV 1019: 2. Largo
Sonata for Violin and Harpsichord No.6 in G, BWV 1019: 3. Allegro
Sonata for Violin and Harpsichord No.6 in G, BWV 1019: 4. Adagio
Sonata for Violin and Harpsichord No.6 in G, BWV 1019: 5. Allegro

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